BY CHIDI NKWOPARA, OWERRI.
Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has debunked the rumour making the rounds in parts of the state that All Progressives Congress, APC, is behind the sordid activities of the Islamic fundamentalists, Boko Haram.
Chief Okorocha, who disclosed this while speaking at a breakfast meeting he organized for political appointees and APC stakeholders at Government House, Owerri, also opined that the strength of Boko Haram is in the disunity of the country.
“Boko Haram has been in existence before the formation of APC. I urge party loyalists not to allow such rumour to distract them from the love and support they have for the party”, Okorocha pleaded.
He condemned what he called “the internal crisis existing in APC in some local government areas of the state” and urged the party faithful to settle their differences and come together to move the party forward.
“Let also remind you all of the need for political appointees to have change of attitude and cultivate the habit of sacrifice, as well as carry the people at the grassroots along in scheme of things”, Okorocha said.
On what made APC to lose in Ekiti State, the Governor said it was caused by the elites and the grassroots, adding that the leaders of APC in the area were not on ground.
He expressed optimism that APC will win all the elective positions, as well produce the next president come 2015, stressing that “APC has concluded arrangements to embark on programmes and projects that will make the party more vibrant in the state”.
Okorocha maintained that “the success or failure of APC lies in the hands of the party members” and urged them to have a change of attitude to enable the party achieve its objective in the 2015 general election.
Responding, the State Chairman of APC, Dr. Hilary Ekeh, thanked the Governor for such a meeting and assured him that members of APC will not disappoint him come 2015.